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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2004 3:40 pm    Post subject: Drug Addiction Cure ? Reply with quote

A Cure for Addiction?
Heantos - a strange name for something even more surprising - a cure for drug addiction! It is a herbal based treatment, and its Vietnamese advocates say it ends dependency on heroin, opium, and cocaine within five days. This happens without side effects and without creating dependency on another d rug (as happens with the Methadone treatment). If it is really a cure for addiction, the cost per patient , about $70, would be cheap by any standard.

The Vietnamese government is demonstrating confidence in the product by investing $100,000 dollars in a testing program. The United Nations Development Program is investing $400,000; they are describing Heantos as an "interesting idea that deserves encouragement." The actual testing w ill be done under the auspices of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. This is the first time the U.S. and Vietnamese scientists have cooperated on such a venture, a plan that is expected to cost between three and four million dollars and is aimed at securing the approval of our Food and Drug Administration.

Much of the evidence that supports the Vietnamese claims of effectiveness for Heantos is anecdotal; no scientific proof exists. However, since the nee d is so great and the problem is so urgent, some scientists consider the project worth the risk. The exact ingredients remain a secret known only to a very few people. Its inventor, Tran Khoung Dan, believes in traditional medicines and is said to have cured his own addiction by taking the herbal preparation.

The Vietnamese government claims that, since 1991, four thousand heroin, opium, and cocaine addicts have been successfully treated with Heantos. There is an initial treatment for five days, and then within a month another treatment is given to prevent resumption of drug use.

The world can only wait and see. The traffic in drugs is increasing at an alarming rate all over the world. It is worse in some places than others. Colombia is sinking into anarchy, with roving armed bands committing the torture murders of innocent civilians. Russian sources are predicting t hat if present trends continue fully half of the male population there will soon be addicted! Switzerland has legalized. Heantos, an old Greek word meaning plant, has taken on a new meaning for mankind, and that meaning is hope.

Source: Khozen Merchant, "Financial Times", London, Dec. 2, 1997 as reprinted in World Press Review, February, 1998, page 41
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